- -Genre: Drama, History
Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in The Post, a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers – and their very freedom – to help bring long-buried truths to light.
- -Genre: Drama
The true story-based drama chronicles the 1973 kidnapping in Rome of Paul Getty’s 16-year-old grandson and its resulting turmoil, during which Getty bristled at the prospect of paying a ransom, while the boy’s mother desperately tried to retrieve him and even allied with an ex-CIA agent to do so.
- -Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Fear, combat, exploration, and item management are the four pillars of survival horror genre that were masterfully executed in the gameplay of the best Resident Evil games, and Capcom digs deep into those horror roots with Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, a game which puts players in an isolated first-person perspective in an all-new experience. The game is entirely playable in virtual reality for PlayStation VR owners.
- -Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
PlayerUnknown’s BATTLEGROUNDS represents the next evolution of the battle royale shooter genre, created by Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene who helped birth the genre with battle royale mods in ARMA 2 and DayZ before consulting on H1Z1: King of the Kill. Then he joined South Korea’s Bluehole Studio Inc. to create the game named after his own online name.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG for short) features on game-mode that has 100 players parachute onto a remote, desolate island with nothing but their own wits and skills. Players must loot, scavenge, and kill for gear and weapons as the playable map continually shrinks until only one player remains. A death means you’re out and games can be played solo, in duos, or in four-player squads. There’s currently one main playable map with two more in development. PUBG is available on PC and coming to Xbox One this fall.
- -Genre: Biopic, Drama
A biopic about Wonder Woman creator Dr. William Marston and his life, including his polyamorous relationship with his wife Elizabeth, a psychologist/inventor in her own right, and Olive Byrne, a former student.
- -Genre: Action, Animation, Comedy
Two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.
- -Genre: Horror, Thriller
When a harmless game between a married couple in a remote retreat suddenly becomes a harrowing fight for survival, wife Jessie must confront long-buried demons within her own mind – and possibly lurking in the shadows of her seemingly empty house. Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name.
- -Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
A dark comedy/drama set in the quiet family town of Suburbicon, where the best and worst of humanity is hilariously reflected through the deeds of seemingly ordinary people.
- -Genre: Horror
A college student (Jessica Rothe) relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.
- -Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Based on author David Grann’s nonfiction bestseller, The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as “savages,” the determined Fawcett – supported by his devoted wife (Sienna Miller), son (Tom Holland) and aide de camp (Robert Pattinson) – returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925. An epically-scaled tale of courage and obsession, told in Gray’s classic filmmaking style, The Lost City of Z is a stirring tribute to the exploratory spirit and those individuals driven to achieve greatness at any cost.
- -Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
A chronicle of the life of rapper Tupac Shakur.
- -Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Meet Mija, a young girl who risks everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named Okja.
- -Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf was found wrapped around a snowman. Based on the novel of the same name by Jo Nesbø.
- -Genre: Drama
After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, commissioning three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated.
This is the latest film from writer/director Martin McDonagh, best known for idiosyncratic works like In Bruges (for which he earned an Oscar nomination) and Seven Psychopaths. Critics consider this to be arguably his best offering, praising the emotional story and strong performances from its veteran cast. Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell in particular are seen as the standouts, with many feeling their turns are awards-worthy. The film itself is expected to do very well on the Oscars circuit, riding waves of positive buzz from its various festival showings. In addition to being a legitimate Best Picture contender, McDonagh is a favorite in Best Original Screenplay, while McDormand is a threat to collect her second Best Actress trophy.
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- -Genre: Drama, Romance
Summer of 1983, Northern Italy. An American-Italian is enamored by an American student who comes to study and live with his family. Together they share an unforgettable summer full of music, food, and romance that will forever change them.
This film is based on the novel of the same name by André Aciman and serves as the final installment of director Luca Guadagnino’s thematic Desire trilogy, which also includes I Am Love and A Bigger Splash. Call Me By Your Name premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017 and earned widespread critical acclaim, with many praising it for its poignant portrayal of first love. In particular, Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet’s performances have received high marks, with the former being seen as one of the frontrunners in the Best Supporting Actor race at the Oscars. The film itself is in the running for other key nominations, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.
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- -Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Jon Baker and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello have just joined the California Highway Patrol (CHP) in Los Angeles but for very different reasons. Baker is a beaten up pro motorbiker trying to put his life and marriage back together. Poncherello is a cocky undercover Federal agent investigating a multi-million dollar heist that may be an inside job—inside the CHP. The inexperienced rookie and hardened pro are teamed together, but clash more than click, so kickstarting a partnership is easier said than done. But with Baker’s bike skills combined with Ponch’s street savvy it might just work…if they don’t drive each other crazy along the way.
- -Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
WIND RIVER is a chilling thriller that follows a rookie FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) who teams up with a local game tracker with deep community ties and a haunted past (Jeremy Renner) to investigate the murder of a local girl on a remote Native American Reservation in the hopes of solving her mysterious death.
- -Genre: Action, Thriller
After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong—the system built to protect the Earth is attacking it, and it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything…and everyone along with it.
- -Genre: Horror
A prequel to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre that revolves around a teenaged Leatherface, following his escape from a mental asylum.
- -Genre: Comedy
Brad and Dusty must deal with their intrusive fathers during the holidays.
This is the sequel to the 2015 comedy hit Daddy’s Home, which overcame a lukewarm critical reception to earn $150.3 million at the domestic box office. The film ups the star power, with Mel Gibson and John Lithgow joining the cast alongside Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell.
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- -Genre: Comedy, Drama
A California high school student plans to escape from her family and small town by going to college in New York.
This is the solo directorial debut of filmmaker/actress Greta Gerwig, who is best known for her previous collaborations with Noah Baumbach, including Greenberg and Frances Ha (which earned her a Golden Globes nomination). Lady Bird has been described as semi-autobiographical, but Gerwig made sure to clarify that nothing depicted in the film is taken verbatim from her life. It is merely based in in a core truth of what she knows. One of her goals with the film was to create a female companion piece to Richard Linklater’s 2014 drama, Boyhood.
Lady Bird premiered at the Telluride Film Festival in September 2017, earning widespread critical acclaim for its captivating performances and brutally honest portrayal of adolescence. It has emerged as one of the favorites on the awards circuit, with Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf in particular generating Oscar buzz. Lady Bird is also expected to be a contender in the Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay categories at the Academy Awards, signaling Gerwig’s arrival as a talented director with a unique voice and vision.
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- -Genre: Comedy
When one school teacher (Charlie Day) gets the other (Ice Cube) fired, he is challenged to an after-school fight.
- -Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners.
- -Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
The Big Sick is based on the real-life courtship between Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani (Kumail Nanjiani) and grad student Emily Gordon (Zoe Kazan) who fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family’s expectations, and his true feelings.
- -Genre: Drama, Thriller
Only the Brave, based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, is the heroic story of one unit of local firefighters that through hope, determination, sacrifice, and the drive to protect families, communities, and our country become one of the most elite firefighting teams in the country. As most of us run from danger, they run toward it – they watch over our lives, our homes, everything we hold dear, as they forge a unique brotherhood that comes into focus with one fateful fire.